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Thomas Edward “Ed” Brault Sr.

June 13, 2022

Thomas Edward “Ed” Brault Sr., age 75, passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2022  at Kidron Bethel Healthcare Unit, North Newton, KS. Ed was born on March 7th, 1947 to Eli E. and Josephine M. Brault.

Ed was a Hill City, KS Jaycee, and after moving to Newton, KS he became a Newton Jaycee. Ed enjoyed working on all the Jaycee projects, but enjoyed being “Santa” for many years. He also enjoyed working with his second wife Anna (Marty) on the Haunted House program for several years.

Ed and his wife also worked for Ed’s cousin Vince Berland and Paul Berland on Vince’s Flying Eagles Greyhound farm in Abilene. This was to be Ed’s favorite job. He loved working with the greyhounds and working out doors. Ed and his wife left Flying Eagles due to his health starting to decline. Ed worked for Gary’s Western Auto in Plainville, KS until he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and was forced to retire at the age of 62. Ed and his wife moved to Plainville in 2010, then to Kidron Bethel in North Newton, KS where Ed’s health declined to where he could no longer take care of himself.

He entered Kidron Bethel Healthcare Unit on March 17, 2019. During his 3 year residence, Ed enjoyed calling Bingo to the residents, visiting, reading and writing letters for some of the residents living there. Ed could be counted on to always be cheerful, always be smiling and always enjoyed every visit with the Kidron Bethel staff and his neighbors. Thanks to the nurses and staff, Ed and his ex-wife were able to enjoy each others company, until 2020 when Covid-19 closed the nursing home to visitors. The two enjoyed writing lots of letters to each other, as well as talking to each other by phone calls.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents, brother Levi Brault and Ed’s eldest son Thomas Brault Jr.

As a Disabled Navy Veteran, Ed has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made out to Midwest Battle Buddies and left in care of Petersen Family Funeral Home. Midwest Battle Buddies is a nonprofit that provides service dogs and training to Veterans at no cost to them.

Per Ed’s wishes, no service has been planned and cremation has taken place.

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2 thoughts on “Thomas Edward “Ed” Brault Sr.

  1. Ed, you were an amazing man. You were such an encouragement to me at Kidron Bethel and gave me much to aspire to! You were a bright light wherever you were!

  2. We were so sorry to hear about Eddy. He was the best Santa and our kids loved sitting on his lap at Christmas. Loved his positive and caring personality. We had kept in touch the past few years by letter and it meant so much to us to keep in contact with him.

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